Ethiopia Wins Gold in Mens 10,000m in South Korea, Kenenisa Bekele Pulls Out

Ethiopia's Ibrahim Jeilan (left) wins the men's 10,000m at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, while Kenenisa Bekele (right) walks off the track during the World Athletics competition on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011. (Photo: AP)

Tadias Magazine
News Update

Monday, August 29, 2011

New York (TADIAS) – Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan was the surprise winner of the men’s 10,000m at the world championships on Sunday in Daegu, South Korea. He finished the race ahead of British favourite Mo Farah, the Somali-born Briton, who finished runner-up, and fellow Ethiopian Imane Merga, who came in third.

Meanwhile, defending champion Kenenisa Bekele, who pulled out halfway through the race on Sunday, said he is returning to Ethiopia early and will not compete in the upcoming men’s 5,000m. His agent Jos Hermens told the Associated Press on Monday that he will instead focus on defending his long-distance double at next year’s London Olympics.

Watch: Ethiopia’s Ibrahim Jeilan wins the Mens 10,000m in Daegu World Championships





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